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Nebraska 4-H is surveying membership for ideas for State Fair

LINCOLN, Neb. – The plan to move the Nebraska State Fair to Grand Island in 2010 is prompting Nebraska 4-H to determine how it can improve its offerings to the state’s young people.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension offices statewide are being asked to survey youth and adults in 4-H to find new ideas to bring to the fair once it moves from Lincoln, said Kathleen Lodl, assistant dean of extension.

“We’re excited about the opportunity for the 2010 State Fair,” Lodl said. “4-H plans to continue its role in the fair and we want to make it attractive to Nebraska’s young people.”

The survey asks 4-H participants what types of demonstrations, competitions and other events can be added to the fair. Extension is asking that the surveys be completed by March 1, then hopes to use the data gathered to “create an experience that’s better,” Lodl said.

While the survey is open to anyone, extension particularly is interested in hearing the views of teenagers, Lodl said.

“We want input from young people who can give us ideas,” she said. “We have a solid presence at the Nebraska State Fair but this is a perfect time to look at that and see how we can do it better.”

Lodl hopes that 4-H can promote the new ideas at the 2009 fair – the last in Lincoln.

The fair is a big part of the lives of 4-H’ers, with 6,500 participants exhibiting between 10,000 and 11,000 projects annually, she said. While participation is healthy, extension would like to see even more involvement.

Participants in Nebraska 4-H are between 5 and 19. Adults are involved as volunteers or as members of committees and boards.


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